Physician Assistant Admissions
Gardner-Webb University will begin accepting applications for its January 2024 cohort in late April 2023.
Applications must be CASPA complete and contain all required application materials, including the 1) CASPA Application, 2) Supplemental Application and non-refundable fee by September 1, 2023.
Gardner-Webb University Physician Assistant Program requires a supplemental application. Instructions for completing the supplemental application and submitting the non-refundable $100 supplemental application fee will be sent to applicants via email once their CASPA application becomes visible to PA Admissions.
Gardner-Webb University will begin accepting applications in late April 2023 for the cohort beginning in January 2024 via the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). CASPA submitted applications will be evaluated with particular focus in the following areas: Overall Academic Strength, Prerequisite Courses, Letters of Recommendation, Health Care Experience, and Potential Match to Program Mission and Goals.
Evaluation of academic strength is based upon transcripts, including course selection, semester load, and cumulative GPA. A Bachelor’s Degree from a US regionally accredited institution is required to apply, and the minimum acceptable overall GPA is 3.0.
Applicants should be aware that acceptance into a PA program is a highly competitive process. A 3.0 GPA is the minimum and does not guarantee an interview or acceptance.
Each applicant must have completed the following required courses in:
For more details about course requirements and duration:
Each applicant will be required to provide three professional or academic letters of recommendation. At least one letter must come from an advanced care practitioner or physician (PA, NP, MD, DO).
A minimum of 1000 direct patient contact hours is required for application. Patient care experience will be evaluated based on the type of experience and the number of hours in a clinical setting.
1,000-hours of patient care experience must be completed no later than September 1, 2023. Preference will be given to candidates who have direct patient care experiences that require a prior training period based on the length and rigor of the necessary training.
Applicants are encouraged to be detailed in their description of duties and responsibilities when listing healthcare positions within the CASPA application.
Qualifying patient care experiences include but are not limited to: military corpsmen, paramedic, EMT, combat medic, registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), certified nursing assistant (CNA), surgical technician, EEG or EKG technician, emergency room technician, medical assistant (MA), respiratory therapist, radiologic technician, registered dietitian, phlebotomist, lab technician, dental hygienist, x-ray technician, physical/occupational therapist, physical therapy aide, medical social worker*, mental health counselor, ophthalmic technician, chiropractic assistant*, ABA behavioral technician*, athletic trainer, exercise physiologist, health and wellness consultant in a clinical setting, medical scribe.
*These experiences will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Examples of unacceptable patient care experiences include clerical duties for any organization, transporter (orderly), veterinarian work, medical answering service, ward secretary, massage therapist, dental assistant, in-home care assistant (personal caregiver for an ill family member), shadowing, pharmacy tech, pharmaceutical sales, student clinical experience/internships.
The Gardner-Webb University PA Studies Program accepts applications from US citizens and permanent residents.
For additional requirements and details, please visit the Academic Catalog.
For more information, email [email protected]
Once accepted into the Gardner-Webb Physician Assistant Program, the following conditions must be met and completed by the stated deadlines to matriculate into the program.